Mehran Rouhani | Sonata for Flute and Piano

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Sonata for Flute and Piano

by Mehran Rouhani

Contemporary Persian (Iranian) flute music
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Allegro Moderato
5:23 album only
2. Adagio
8:45 album only
3. Fugue
4:16 album only


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Mehran Rouhani (b. 1946) is one of the most prominent contemporary Persian composers. He studied piano with Michael Tippet and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London. After the completion of his studies, he returned to his native land, Iran, to compose and to teach. However, the Islamic Revolution and the subsequent ban on Western music led him to the undergriound music movement in early revolutionary Iran. The Sonata for Flute and Piano, originally written for Flute and Guitar, was completed in 1989 at the request of Ehsan Samei and Fariba Mihandar.

The first movement is based upon two major themes, a rhythmic progression of alternating keys, and a second lyrical theme. The second movement is based on a haunting theme, inspired by the experience of the composer when his mother was on her deathbed. The sonata ends with a "conventional" fugue, but in the unique style of the composer and in a 5/4 meter.

A native of Iran, Ehsan Samei, flute, was a professional musician and played with a number of professional ensembles before changing fields and immigrating to the United States. Currently an imaging scientist and a professor of Radiology at Duke University, he gives occasional concerts and participates in various musical performances.

Originally from New Jersey, Milo Fryling, piano, also has a music and physics background. While developing software for Chapel Hill-based TeleSage, Inc., he directs the United Church Chamber Singers, composes and performs as opportunities arise.



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